Am I good at taking selfies with ponies? Neigh.
I'm glad I decided to volunteer! I wanted to get a sense of how things run but mostly I wanted to get a better idea of what to wear (ha!). I don't think I've ever been to a hunter show, if I have it was so long ago that I don't remember anything about it. I only ever did Pony Club shows (and that was about 15 years ago!). I am a complete hunter noob.
This show is referred to as a "fat and fuzzy" show and is supposed to be very casual in terms of attire. I haven't bought any items yet as I didn't want to look ridiculously over or under dressed.
Here's what I observed in terms of attire (separated into horse/rider categories):
- Hairnets on about 50% of riders
- About 80% of riders wore traditional hunt show coats (or at least what I picture as a traditional hunt show coat in my limited experience), the rest wore non-traditional coats or show shirts/sweaters
- Coat colors were about 50% black, 30% navy, 15% brown and 5% grey
- All riders wore white shirts (except two)
- A few riders had bling on their bridles, boots, belts or coats
- Black gloves
- 100% wore tan breeches
*I didn't really look at boots/footwear because I'm already set up in this department!*
- Very few braided (maybe 10% of all horses were braided, only one horse with a braided mane and tail)
- 80% of horses were wearing shaped fuzzy white pads and 20% were either in white or colored AP pads
- Brown bridles/saddles
- A few breastplates
So I stayed for the 18", 2', 2'3" and the start of the 2'6" class. There was maybe 30 riders spread out between those classes. The 2'6" was the largest with the most well turned-out horses. I was disappointed that I wasn't able to watch the rest of the 2'6" classes or the bigger classes. Had to go to work unfortunately!
Coach D told me I could just wear a nice sweater...but I think I will get a basic black hunter-ish looking coat. Maybe something that could serve a dual purpose as a dressage/show-jumping coat for my low level eventing plans for this season (is that a reasonable idea?).
So after today here's what I've decided need to be ready for the show:
1) White fuzzy shaped pad
2) Brown bridle (I already have my eye on one!)
3) Black gloves
4) White show shirt
5) Black hunt/show coat
7) Tan breeches
Although I think I can get most of those items used I will likely buy a new white fuzzy pad, new hairnet and will buy the new bridle I've been eyeing rather than a used one. My mom's best friend is an awesome seamstress so if I can find a coat/shirt long enough for my arms she can take it in for me (within reason). I don't really plan to do any further showing in the hunter world (other than dabbling in schooling shows with Apollo and my young horses) so although I like fancy things...I don't need fancy things. I'm hoping to get all my supplies for the show for under $200... which I think is reasonable. I think after the show I'll do a follow-up post about if I managed to stay on budget or not.
Ready to be a hunter pony Apollo?
Lucky for me I already have decent field boots, so I don't need to buy anything new in the footwear department. They are actually the same field boots I wore to Pony Club 15 years ago - so they've served me well! :)
The atmosphere at the show was quite fun and relaxed. I think it will be a really positive outing for Apollo and I. I had been waffling about doing the flat class for my division a bit... after today I think I'm going to go for it. I was worried it would be packed full of horses but there was only 3 or 4 horses in the flat classes for each division.
I have a few aesthetic things to torture Apollo through before the show...such as:
1) A bath
2) Feather, beard and belly hair trimming
3) Mane thinning
4) Braiding practice....hahah poor guy.
Anyone have any show tip preps for me? Looking at you Stacie :P
Currents feelings about the show: